Extreme Makeover in 1904
Dasher-Stevens House

Macon, Georgia – Bibb County – The Dasher-Stevens House, originally built in the 1880s had an extreme makeover – back in 1904!  It was a clapboard house before this.  It’s unique among homes I’ve seen over the last few years.  I wanted to learn more about who lived here, and the house.

In the 1890s, the Stevens family bought the existing house on the lot.  It’s a really nice neighborhood, the house across the way below gives you an idea of other homes here:

Neighbor of the Stevens (this was built in 1875)
W.P. Stevens and son (1897 Photo)

W.P. Stevens was an owner of Stevens Brothers Pottery.  His father had started a large pottery near Milledgeville that was the area’s biggest industry in the late 1800s.  Stevens built a plant in Macon – and the focus was on ceramic pipes, fire brick, and chimney flues.  One of their primary products – sewer pipes!  Here’s a photo of the original plant:

Stevens Pottery, Georgia (in Baldwin County)

Business was booming by 1900, and a few years later W.P. Stevens had Dennis & Dennis Architects of Macon draw up plans for the major renovation.  In 1904, the transformation of the clapboard house took place to what we see today.  Looking at the 1908 photo below, the house next door is similar to the house before the extreme makeover.

 

1908 Photo of the house (Library of Congress)

The house features so many details!  The brick is not local – according to Stevens daughter, it came from “up north” – Philadelphia, Baltimore, or even Belgium!  The details we see around the windows – terracotta.  Easily produced by Stevens Pottery.  What a way to showcase his business at his home!  The stained glass transoms on the first floor are fantastic.

Details, details, details!

The interior is just as amazing with very detailed primary rooms – we’ll see those in a second.  This is a BIG house, about 5,000 square feet.

Dasher-Stevens House
Side View – Dasher-Stevens House

Even the carriage house features a lot of detail to match the main house.

Carriage House – details (from Macon-Bibb County Tax Assessor Site)

The inside of the house is no less stunning than the outside.  We are fortunate to have photos from 1970, when the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mantel is 7 feet tall, and look at the ceiling details.

 

Parlor Mantel

The main rooms had parquet flooring with inlaid details.  On the staircase below, lots of rich woodwork.  The staircase landing has a group of stained glass windows on it halfway up.

In the private rooms in this house, the woodwork is plain, and the floors are pine.  As I’ve found in many old houses, the money was spent on the areas that visitors would see.

Extreme Makeover in 1904
Dasher-Stevens House

1930s and beyond at the Dasher-Stevens House

W.P. Stevens passed away in 1920, and his widow lived here until her death a few years later.  From 1930 on, there have been a lot of different residents here.

1930: House is owned by Ebb & Annie Hargrove.  He has an auto repair business on Broadway.

1932: House is owned by Andrew and Maude Taylor.  He is an auto mechanic.

1945: By this time, the Taylors had made this a boarding house.  This was not uncommon in big old houses.  Here’s who all lived here in 1945:

Andrew and Maude Taylor.  Andrew was working at Robins Field, and Maude worked for an insurance company.

Claire Hartley.  She was bookkeeper at Camp Wheeler – she lived here for quite a few years

Laura Hartley.  Nurse.

Albert & Lillie Arnold

By 1970, the house had become an architect’s office!  Today, it’s zoned R-3, and a business is listed here, as well as apartments.

Dasher-Stevens House – one last look

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at this grand home, and learning more about who has lived here over the years.  Thanks so much for reading the blog.

 

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